It’s been a busy few days for D.C. United, they wrapped up there preseason by getting knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night. Earlier today they left the D.C. area to head to Los Angeles for their season opener on Sunday against the Galaxy.
At the end of last season, the team suffered several injuries and went into the playoffs a bit banged up. One of their larger absences was that of midfielder Davy Arnaud. The veteran called it a career this week, well yesterday. The 14-year midfielder has already made his post playing career transition, he’s now part of the coaching staff for the Black-and-Red.
“We are excited that he is starting his coaching career with us, and we know that he will bring the same passion and commitment to the club as a coach” – Dave Casper, General Manager and VP of operations
Arnaud’s presence on the coaching staff could really help, especially at midfield. An area of the roster with a lot of moving pieces, especially with the younger players at the position. Having been on the field with a few of the players at midfield like Chris Rolfe, Markus Halsti, and Nick DeLeon, he brings an interesting perspective to the staff. He was literally out there in battle with them and can identify things that may work for his former teammates and get that across to his fellow coaches. Definitely a positive addition to the coaching staff here in D.C.
That wasn’t the only news before D.C. United left the area, with Bill Hamid expected to be out for at least half of the season, it made perfect sense to add a young goal keeper to the roster. They did so yesterday by acquiring one Charlie Horton from the New England Revolution.
The 21-year old last played for Leeds United F.C. in the Football League Championship, England’s second division. He’s a big kid at 6’4 and gives the team flexibility both in the near future and down the line.
D.C. United takes on the LA Galaxy at 10 pm Eastern on Sunday night, March 6.